USL: Karl Ouimette to Serve Three Game Ban

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

Karl Ouimette did not escape sanctioning after his red card at Highmark Stadium on Saturday night as the USL has given the defender a three-game suspension.

Ouimette’s involvement in the incident, which ended with him being kicked in the back by striker Romeo Parkes, is what has found him on the receiving end of the suspension. Both Ouimette and Parkes were seen throwing closed fists at each other during the altercation which led to their ejection from the game.

The league has acted on this much more severely than other red card incidents due to the violent nature of the incident.

“Also from that match, NYRB II’s Karl Ouimette was sent off and was issued a three-match suspension, which he will begin serving this Saturday against the Richmond Kickers and on May 21 and 28th,” as was stated in this week’s USL Discipline Report.

The specifics of which games Ouimette would serve may have something to do with the player’s MLS contract. Once the defender is cleared to return, he may not necessarily be returning to the USL and thus, the suspension could have carried over far later into the season.

Almost all of the news has swirled around the ugly post-card incident when Parkes  kicked Ouimette in the back as he was walking off of the field. Pittsburgh and the USL responded quickly with the team terminating his contract and the league handing down a one year suspension.